This is a very interesting way of putting it. Given that those who lobbied for the changes wanted TWRA to give them access, provide the blind and brush it for them.Hard Country shaking things up with some common
You want more opportunities and a better quality hunt? Go buy or lease private ground. Doesn’t take many guys to have some buying/leasing power for decent ground. Take matters into your own hands. Quit depending on some government agency to do the right thing in any aspect of you life. They have and always will let you down.
7 out of 10 of us are from ky. The others are guys that work together or just guys that drew a blind in the same area the year before. We see each other at the ramp in the am and talk. We let each other know where we are going in case we get in a bind.This is a great description of what I would call the "system within the system". It is legitimately maximizing your opportunity by working within the system to increase your odds. I think it is great that it is possible to have primary access to 4 binds for the season and I applaud your creativity in working within the system to make that happen. I do think, however, that most of those in favor of these changes are not part of a well-connected group of local hunters like the one you describe. So while some have the opportunity to hunt blinds as part of a primary group year after year, others are left to blind hop and to use public walk-in areas. I think you have shined a bright light on what creates the widely varying views of these changes. Thanks for the insight.
We've only been doing the blind draw for 3 years. It is very little extra effort if any. We are just courteous to people and they return the favor.
None of our group was drawn this past year. We left the ramp earlier and hopped blinds or hunted the temporary blinds. Also not hard, just got to put a little extra work in. I personally went about two weeks before season to check to see what blinds were brushed. That will give you an idea of it will be able to be hopped or not the first few weekends.
I wouldn't care if the draw went away provided the blinds stayed and were taken care.
I've got a boat blind too. And have used it in TN. But it is much more enjoyable to be in a permanent blind. Easier to get set-up and easier to hunt more folks and kids from.